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Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas 2017!! Partners Assigned!

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
* 18-Nov(#1)
"I'm not doing 'Get Help'!" -Loki




It's time for the annual (bi-annual?) GameTZ Secret Santa Christmas 2017! (Our thanks to CygnusTM for organizing these years ago. Now I run them on my own server using a modified version of his old code.)

Any subscriber without a current BTR that has earned a Bronze Star (Bronze Star) is eligible to sign up (unless you've been previously banned). If you do not meet these requirements and still wish to participate, you can contact me directly to request an exception to this rule. I rarely grant them, sorry.

For those of you doing this for the first time, just read ALL of this post carefully and then ask for help here if you are still confused.

The quick version of how to participate:

check Register on the GameTZ Secret Santa site. Use the same username that you use here to make things easier.
check Transfer your 10 week subtime bond to John.
check (Optional) Post here in the thread that you are participating!
check Update all of your Wanted lists (on the site here and on the Secret Santa site that you just registered at) before signups close and Santa assignments are made!
check After you ship your gift, go back to the Secret Santa site and mark it as "sent."
check After you receive your gift, go back to the Secret Santa site and mark it as "received" and then be sure to thank your Santa!


The details:

As always, we will be using a subtime "bond" (10 weeks for all participants) to encourage people to follow through on sending. Bonds should be sent to me (John) and I will hold them until your partner receives their gift. You can use this link to transfer Subtime to me. If you don't have enough GameTZ subtime for your bond, then you can buy subtime from the site! or make your own arrangements with another user. Bonds will ONLY be returned directly to the user that the bond is for. If arrangements are made for someone else to put up the bond for a Secret Santa user, it does not matter to me and I won't get involved -- the bond will still be returned to the participating user (or kept if they do not provide their gift) regardless of who actually paid the bond in their behalf. Participants will get their bond back in full when your partner marks their gift as received.

Signups are open now and will continue until Wednesday, November 22nd at ~3pm Eastern. Partners will then be assigned and emailed out later that day. Gifts must be received by Friday, December 22nd. At that time, anyone who hasn't yet received their gift may (at my discretion depending on the situation) receive one-half of their Santa's subtime bond. If a gift still isn't received after an additional week (December 29th), then the remaining half may be awarded. Plus you'll be ridiculed here for being a douche. And might get banned from future Secret Santas. Sending and receiving will be tracked through the signup site. It is very important that you update the site as soon as you send and receive so the subtime bond can be handled appropriately.

The target gift value is $10-20 US. Gifts MUST be worth a minimum of $10 US not including shipping. Every effort should be made to send a complete item. If you are sending something used, it should be complete and in at least "very good" condition. This is not a way to unload your unwanted crap.

People anywhere in the world may participate! If you are from outside the USA, you must mark the "Outside USA" checkbox when you sign up. Anyone from outside the USA must be willing to ship anywhere in the world. Users in the USA that are willing to ship anywhere in the world should mark the "Ship Anywhere" checkbox in your account settings and you may or may not be partnered with someone outside the USA.

Tips/Rules:
check You can't re-use your account from last time if you participated before -- you need to create a new one for each and every Secret Santa event.
check Look at your partner's wants and check his/her lists and posts. Put the same effort into selecting a gift for your partner that you would want someone else to put into yours.
check If your partner has inadequate "wants", don't give up! Try to figure it out. If you really get stuck, try a gift card or something like that!
check Make sure you provide adequate "wants" for your Santa. There should be at least 4-5 things on your list that fit in the target price/value range.
check When you get assigned a partner, start figuring out what you are going to get them! Immediately. Don't wait until the last minute!
check I'd prefer that people NOT talk so much about how they are going to do "great/special/extra gifts" and such if they happen to want to do that. The real intent is that people just exchange gifts that are worth around $15 or so and, hopefully, people will be happy with what they get. Don't brag that you're going to give more -- and don't get overly high expectations that someone is going to give you extra.
check In most cases, the person that you are assigned to is NOT the same person that is assigned to you. In other words, you aren't just making a 1-to-1 exchange with someone. You're buying a gift for someone that, most likely, is buying a gift for someone else entirely.
check Send your bond ONLY as a single transfer for exactly 10 weeks. Do not send multiple pieces of a bond until you reach your total. And do not use the "all" option because you don't have the full bond (i.e. you borrowed it and then had to send it 8 hours later, so you really only have 99% of the bond). You should be sending me either 10 weeks or 20 weeks -- nothing else.
check After you've received your gift, post in this thread thanking your Santa for what you received -- just so they know you appreciate whatever it was! (Or, if you've figured out who your Santa is somehow, you can just thank them privately if you'd rather.) Don't leave your Santa hanging without acknowledging their gift!
check No more organized thank-you gifts to John! I greatly appreciate the gifts that have been given in the past, but I really don't want it to be a habit. I run this for fun for people. I expect nothing more. And getting such things makes me feel guilty! So, seriously, just enjoy the gift-giving and I'm all set as far as thanks go! yes

WARNING
Some people suck. Despite our best efforts, people might still get stiffed. If you don't intend to follow through on your commitment here, please do not sign up.

Please keep discussions in this thread about the SS only, so things get don't out of hand like in the past. Off-topic posts may be removed!


This graphic will track who has sent or received so far:


Let's do this thing!! yes

- John...
youllbejustfine
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Canada Secret Santa
26-Nov(#161)
Just sent off the gift for my SS partner. Hope you get it soon!
ClearSights
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 6 Reviews Secret Santa
* 26-Nov(#162)
Got my gift!

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

And a bag full of dog toys! The new pup loves them.

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Thanks a ton SS!
atarumoroboshi18
GameTZ Subscriber Silver Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (6 minutes ago) Secret Santa
26-Nov(#163)
Oh man, is that a Saint Bernard? You got to post some more pics of that hound.

ClearSights
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 6 Reviews Secret Santa
* 26-Nov(#164)
Hah yep, 14 weeks old and already 48lbs.

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sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
26-Nov(#165)
ClearSights wrote:
> Hah yep, 14 weeks old and already 48lbs.
>
> {imgt}https://i.imgur.com/pYiCp0T_d.jpg 145 258{imgt}

That's the cutest thing I've seen all day

Jeff
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa
27-Nov(#166)
I'll have my partners gift out this week hopefully. Going to get some stuff out of the collection.

Headshot
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
27-Nov(#167)
Thanks Amazon for being slow...my recipient will have their gift tomorrow instead of today.
BJB
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
* 27-Nov(#168)
Kinda upset. I like to make my gifts as awesome and personal as possible but all my SS asked for was gift cards wry smile That's no fun for me

six
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (4 minutes ago) Secret Santa
27-Nov(#169)
I'll take them :p
Ry4n2109
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
27-Nov(#170)
Received 1 week subtime and a $25 Amazon GC! Not only that but he/she said something else is on the way. Super super excited! :D

Porksta
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (6 minutes ago) Secret Santa
27-Nov(#171)
BJB wrote:
> Kinda upset. I like to make my gifts as awesome and personal as possible but all
> my SS asked for was gift cards wry smile That's no fun for me
>
>

Lol, mine too.


BJB
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
27-Nov(#172)
Personally I always include a list of my interests on top of my list of wants because I know there's people like me out there that like to get creative

loztdogs
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (7 minutes ago) Secret Santa
* 27-Nov(#173)
I have received most of my partners gifts except 2, one is in en-route and the other seems to be held up.

Once I have everything in hand I will get it out the door. I may have too break up in to, two shipments.

Killkernal
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
27-Nov(#174)
Thought that I was done, but my SS also sent me four weeks of Sub time on top of everything else. Thanks a million!
six
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (4 minutes ago) Secret Santa
27-Nov(#175)
I got my gift today unexpectedly thought it was a amazon order I forgot about, any way I got three sweet Funko pops! Geralt of Rivia, Triss and Daredevil! I've been wanting to get funkos for awhile now I have an excuse gotta build my collection!
Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
27-Nov(#176)
I got part 2 of my gift today, a Rock just bring it shirt. Can't go wrong there. grin
Apparently I still have more stuff on the way too.

tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
27-Nov(#177)
@six those witcher funkos were almost enough to make me, but i don't have the space for any of that kind of stuff sadly. good thing too lol.

Heavyd814life
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) This user is on the site NOW (4 minutes ago) Secret Santa
27-Nov(#178)
I just got home to a package from Amazon and inside....a $20 Amazon GC, a sealed copy of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc for the Vita, and Honor Girl (a graphic novel I've had my eye on for a while).

@sharif You are awesome! Any ONE of these would have been great so thank you very much. I'm going to start reading through Honor Girl on my train ride to work tomorrow morning.



six
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (4 minutes ago) Secret Santa
27-Nov(#179)
I also have no clue who my SS, so I don't know who to thank! Who ever you are thanks for the great gifts!
sharif
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
27-Nov(#180)
Heavyd814life wrote:
> I just got home to a package from Amazon and inside....a $20 Amazon GC, a sealed
> copy of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc for the Vita, and Honor Girl (a graphic
> novel I've had my eye on for a while).
>
> @sharif You are awesome! Any ONE of these would have been great so thank you very
> much. I'm going to start reading through Honor Girl on my train ride to work tomorrow
> morning.
>
> ...
>
>

Once I found out I was your secret santa I knew I was going to have to get you a visual novel and a graphic novel. I just had to.

Heavyd814life
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) This user is on the site NOW (4 minutes ago) Secret Santa
27-Nov(#181)
sharif wrote:
> Heavyd814life wrote:
>> I just got home to a package from Amazon and inside....a $20 Amazon GC, a sealed
>> copy of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc for the Vita, and Honor Girl (a graphic
>> novel I've had my eye on for a while).
>>
>> @sharif You are awesome! Any ONE of these would have been great so thank you very
>> much. I'm going to start reading through Honor Girl on my train ride to work tomorrow
>> morning.
>>
>> ...
>>
>>
>
> Once I found out I was your secret santa I knew I was going to have to get you a
> visual novel and a graphic novel. I just had to.
>
>

You know me too well lol

Killkernal
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
27-Nov(#182)
Okay, I think that my SS is finally done with the surprises. Just got Resonance of Fate for the PS3, which I had badly wanted back in my collection for quite a while. Thanks yet again, Secret Santa. You've really made my X-Mas! grin
sharif
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
28-Nov(#183)
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Right off my wanted list. Thanks SS!

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
28-Nov(#184)
So, I just wanted to say that it isn't a big deal if people just have gift cards on their list. I mean, I know it is fun to get people something different -- but some people are sometimes hard to have a list for and such. Lots of us are sometimes "specific" about the sorts of things we like -- and it is hard to let others get them for us. I have this problem at Christmas all the time. So, try not to worry too much if someone only has gift cards on their list -- they certainly aren't doing it to be rude or anything. They are just trying to make it work.

And, you don't HAVE to go that route. You can try to get them something else anyhow. Or maybe a gift card and some fun snack or something with it to keep it fun for you and them.

No worries! yes
Foxhack
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
28-Nov(#185)
John wrote:
> And, you don't HAVE to go that route. You can try to get them something else anyhow.
> Or maybe a gift card and some fun snack or something with it to keep it fun for
> you and them.

We used to do this at a forum I was a part of some time ago. We got each other gifts, and... packages of Tootsie Rolls.

We were weird.
SilverOwl
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
28-Nov(#186)
Got part 1 of my gift early this morning, a $20 psn code. Just in time before the digital sale ended. Decided to pick up something I don't usually play and got Injustice 2.
Says I got something else coming soon. Thanks SS!
six
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (4 minutes ago) Secret Santa
28-Nov(#187)
SilverOwl wrote:
> Got part 1 of my gift early this morning, a $20 psn code. Just in time before the
> digital sale ended. Decided to pick up something I don't usually play and got Injustice
> 2.
> Says I got something else coming soon. Thanks SS!
Injustice 2 is a great game I don't play fighters but love injustice 2. The story and multiverse mode is really good. Plus TMNT is coming !
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews Secret Santa
28-Nov(#188)
Got home from a rough day at work to find an Amazon package with what appeared to be the shape of a Switch game. I though to myself "Hmm... I don't remember ordering anything for the Switch" and sure enough it was my Secret Santa Gift!

It was a copy of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle! Thank you very much Santa. I've been so wishy washy on getting it, since I've never delved into a game of this type before, so now I have no excuses. I'm so excited I'm probably going to give it a go tonight! I don't know who you are, so if you'd like to make a trade out of this, or at least a proper thank you, please don't hesitate to message me. Thank you again!!!

youllbejustfine
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Canada Secret Santa
28-Nov(#189)
Frank wrote:
> Got home from a rough day at work to find an Amazon package with what appeared to
> be the shape of a Switch game. I though to myself "Hmm... I don't remember ordering
> anything for the Switch" and sure enough it was my Secret Santa Gift!
>
> It was a copy of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle! Thank you very much Santa. I've
> been so wishy washy on getting it, since I've never delved into a game of this type
> before, so now I have no excuses. I'm so excited I'm probably going to give it a
> go tonight! I don't know who you are, so if you'd like to make a trade out of this,
> or at least a proper thank you, please don't hesitate to message me. Thank you again!!!
>
>

Oh geez- good gift. Playing that game now and totally loving it.
Headshot
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
28-Nov(#190)
Frank wrote:
> Got home from a rough day at work to find an Amazon package with what appeared to
> be the shape of a Switch game. I though to myself "Hmm... I don't remember ordering
> anything for the Switch" and sure enough it was my Secret Santa Gift!
>
> It was a copy of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle! Thank you very much Santa. I've
> been so wishy washy on getting it, since I've never delved into a game of this type
> before, so now I have no excuses. I'm so excited I'm probably going to give it a
> go tonight! I don't know who you are, so if you'd like to make a trade out of this,
> or at least a proper thank you, please don't hesitate to message me. Thank you again!!!
>
>
>


You are welcome - they were supposed to put a note in there and let you know it was from me!

Its an amazing game - enjoy!
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews Secret Santa
* 28-Nov(#191)
Headshot wrote:
> Frank wrote:
>> Got home from a rough day at work to find an Amazon package with what appeared
> to
>> be the shape of a Switch game. I though to myself "Hmm... I don't remember ordering
>> anything for the Switch" and sure enough it was my Secret Santa Gift!
>>
>> It was a copy of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle! Thank you very much Santa. I've
>> been so wishy washy on getting it, since I've never delved into a game of this
> type
>> before, so now I have no excuses. I'm so excited I'm probably going to give it
> a
>> go tonight! I don't know who you are, so if you'd like to make a trade out of
> this,
>> or at least a proper thank you, please don't hesitate to message me. Thank you
> again!!!
>>
>>
>>
>
>
> You are welcome - they were supposed to put a note in there and let you know it was
> from me!
>
> Its an amazing game - enjoy!

Thank you buddy, I cant wait to play! My one friend has been telling me how much he's been enjoying it too. And I mean, it's got Grant Kirkhope in it!! That guy's a legend!
CRAZY93NiS
GameTZ Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Secret Santa
28-Nov(#192)
Just shipped out my last gift

BucketofJustice
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Has Written 6 Reviews Secret Santa
28-Nov(#193)
Sent!

Hint: my partner should check their email.
loztdogs
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (7 minutes ago) Secret Santa
* 28-Nov(#194)
Looks like im shipping Friday if everything goes as it should.

emoryarts
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa
29-Nov(#195)
Gift received: Watch Dogs 2 & Dues Ex: Mankind Divided for Xbox One. Thanks very much, SS!
Ry4n2109
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
29-Nov(#196)
My gifts are ordered. Just need them to arrive and I'll be shipping it out :)

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
29-Nov(#197)
Bond refunds processed for those whose partner has marked received. yes
Kevster
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) This user is on the site NOW (3 minutes ago) Secret Santa
29-Nov(#198)
Got the first part of the gift for my partner yesterday hopefully part two will arrive today and Ill have it it all shipped out by monday
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
29-Nov(#199)
Sent my stuff. Hope my person likes it. ^_^

HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
29-Nov(#200)
Well, it's been so long since I've done in photo posting, so I can't figure it out now.

However, I just grabbed the mail and what did I find? My SS gift!!!

I got two Xbox 360 games:

1. Devil May Cry HD Collection
2. El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

Thanks Secret Santa!! All the more reason for me to get my video games back out!
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews Secret Santa
* 29-Nov(#201)
Have half of my stuff together. Once I receive the other half I'll be ready to ship!

I really don't want to have to send two packages, but if the other stuff doesn't get here by Friday, I probably will. I just want them to at least get part of it soon.

Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas 2017!! Partners Assigned!